Building a web site?

By vale46
Feb 21, 2008
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  1. Hi All,

    Can anyone give me any advice on how to build a web site?

    I have NO idea where or indeed how to start one, i do a little photo manipulating and restoration as a side line and want to reach out to a larger client. I dont need a big fancy site just one to show my work (a few before and after pics etc) and i would prefer it to be free :D

    Much appreciation for any help,

  2. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 9,153   +598

    here's things you need
    1. a public domain name (register your name and get an IP address)
    2. a place to host the site (aka webhosting soultion)
    3. a login to upload + maintain the site (comes with webhosting)
    4. learn HTML coding (and that takes some study)

    If you load Apache2 to your system, you can play with HTML coding and see if you
    want to spend more time/money to get to your goal.

    best wishes (it's actually a lot of fun to learn it)
  3. vale46

    vale46 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 160

    Thanks Jo,

    That all sounds a little complex but if thats the route then i guess there is a lot of reading ahead !

    Have you heard of bluevoda ? it makes building one sound childs play !!! am i been naive :(

  4. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 9,153   +598

    items 1-3 will still be needed regardless of how you create pages.

    there are several GUI (Graphic User Interface) tools for creating pages.
    you might start with one of them, if it will run on your PC where you can avoid
    costs associated with the items listed above. if your needs are simple, then
    this might be cost effective for you.

    you should understand however, such tools implement only small portions of HTML
    features, and as such will limit you in what you can do.
    modifying the output of such tools can be painful, even for those with experience.

    give it try and see how far it takes you :)
  5. bobthepersonman

    bobthepersonman TS Rookie Posts: 27

  6. dbarkley

    dbarkley TS Rookie

    I so agree with you jobeard, the fast and easy make-a-website programs are tricky to manipulate - I like the program Notetab Pro...
  7. vale46

    vale46 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 160

    To be honest i gave up on the idea, al check that vid though, wouldnt it be nice if someone could just pop round for a cuppa and show you how is done ;) hahah
  8. vikrantkpr

    vikrantkpr TS Rookie

    give a try to godaddy as well
    you will be required to pay for domain and you can opt for free hosting
  9. mopar man

    mopar man TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 1,379

    vale46, you may have people in your town that will create one for you for a price. It is a lot easier just to pay someone, and it will look how you want it to.
  10. vale46

    vale46 TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 160

    Good thinking that man ;) cheers, al inquire about that me thinks.
  11. NetCablesPlus

    NetCablesPlus TS Maniac Posts: 228

    One other thought, if you use a cable or dsl modem service: many of the big ISP's give you free space on their web server and even offer templates and wizards to get you started. For your simple needs, that might be enough, though the downside is that you would not have your own domain name and instead it would be their domain name with a subdomain under your account name (usually.) But, it is free and would be better than doing nothing.
  12. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 9,153   +598

    The Internet Standards for web coding is found at

    HTML specifications are now XHTML and presentation controls are in CSS (Cascading Style Sheets),
    and back end webserver processing of forms is per CGI coding (which is not done using a GUI tool).

    and that's why GUI tools are so popular.

    If you intend to get serious with web programming, you will be better off starting
    with writing ever line of the page.

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